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Holiday Lighted Parade delights crowd
Thousands of adults and children came to downtown Northville on Friday evening, Nov. 18, to see the Holiday Lighted Parade, an annual tradition for more than 20 years. The theme – How the Grinch stole Christmas – was well displayed among floats and groups that moved along the parade route.
William Demray, D.D.S., owner and dentist at Preservation dental in Northville, had his office staff strolling in the parade holding teeth the size of small boulders. His platoon of decorated Volkswagen Beetles added to the festivities, with Santa and Mrs. Claus riding in a red Beetle.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jody Humphries said, “This is the nicest weather we’ve had in recent years (temperatures in the 60s to low 70s). We always get a great turn-out for this parade; it kicks off the holiday season in Northville.”
The chamber sponsors the parade and a tree lighting ceremony afterwards in Town Square. The VFW received the Best Parade Theme award for its Grinch float.
Mayor Ken Roth, Citizen of the Year Lauren Romeo, and Santa Claus lit the tree in Town Square. Many community groups and churches played a role. The Northville Educational Foundation announced the winner of its Cash for College raffle: Pam McCaskill, who won $17,625 and will apply it toward her daughter’s college savings fund. Proceeds from the 470 tickets sold (50-50 raffle) will go toward K-12 enrichment programs in the Northville Public Schools.